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State Flower – The IRIS, genus Iridaceae, is an herbaceous perennial of which there are about 170 species, including several North American varieties, the most common of which is the Blue Flag. While there are several different colors among the iris, and the act naming the iris as the state flower did not name a particular color, by common acceptance the PURPLE IRIS is considered the state flower.
Tennessee Institute of Public Health (TNIPH)

TNIPH is a partnership of public and private health agencies, organizations, and academic institutions established to maximize resources for the purpose of promoting health research, education, and service focused on improving the health of all Tennesseans.

With a Board of experts from across the state, TNIPH is housed at the College of Public Health at East Tennessee State University.

Vision Statement:

TNIPH is a lead statewide convener of organizations, agencies and groups to build and foster the collaborations necessary to improve the public’s health.


The mission of the TNIPH, as a free-standing independent entity, is to foster measurable improvements in the health and wellness of all Tennesseans through conducting and promoting statewide multi-sector initiatives, including data driven planning, health education and public awareness, and research and advocacy for effective health-related policy.

Spotlight on Healthy Legislative Breakfast On-the-Go

The Healthy Legislative Breakfast On-the-Go is an opportunity for TNIPH Board members to meet and greet Tennessee legislators to discuss health topics - including the County Health Rankings & Roadmaps. It was held this year on April 7 at the Legislative Plaza in Nashville.  

Following the breakfast, the TNIPH Board held its annual board meeting.

  • Rich Rhoda (retired THEC), Jo Edwards (MTSU) and Claude Pressnell (TN Independent Colleges & Universities Association)
  • Tara Sturdivant (TDH) and Charlie Howorth (Tennessee Business Roundtable)
  • Rich Rhoda, Jo Edwards, Bruce Behringer, Claude Pressnell, Randy Wykoff, Ginny Kidwell, Tara Sturdivant, Charlie Howorth
  • Randy Wykoff (ETSU/TNIPH) and David Gregory (Tennessee Board of Regents)

TNIPH is a member of the National Network of Public Health Institutes.


County Health Rankings 2014

2015 County Health Rankings 

Summary Document

Tri-Cities Health Forum

Tennessee Institute of Public Health Co-Plans Tri-Cities Community Health Forum


Health Across Borders

 The Health Across Borders event at State Street was a great success! 

Check out the gallery on the home page and click on the logo to read 


Regional Roadmap

The Regional Roadmap for a Healthier Appalachian Tennessee project establishes local health initiatives that link economic development and business with health and human service organizations and community stakeholders.

Project Spotlight

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